Computed Tomography

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Computed Tomography program offers graduate Radiologic Technologists, Radiation Therapists, and graduate Nuclear Medicine Technologists the opportunity to complete both didactic coursework and clinical skills experience necessary to prepare to meet eligibility for the professional certification in this field. The program focuses on specific skills and knowledge necessary to become proficient in this field.


Academic Career
Degree/Certificate Type
Career and Technical Certificate
Academic Plan
Certificate of Completion (CCL)
Academic Plan Code
Total Credits Required
Catalog Year
What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Define and use reference points, planes and terminology related to medical imaging and computed tomography.
  2. Describe the anatomy and physiological functions of specific human body systems.
  3. Define and describe the CT terms pertaining to attenuation, scanning, displaying, and annotating an image.
  4. Identify and explain scan factors and their relation to image quality.
  5. Explain reasons for selecting types of CT detectors, patient dosages, settings, and other factors necessary for patient safety and image quality.
  6. Select the correct protocols for specific structure imaging.
  7. Identify correct scan parameters, contrast, and steps of the exam and post exam processing.
  8. Describe adaptations to atypical patient situations.
  9. Relate the presence of a disease state and its appearance on a computed tomography image.
  10. Describe the history and evolution of computed tomography including the design elements of the various generations of CT scanners.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2018.
Admission Criteria

1. Certified by American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in Radiography or in Radiation Therapy, OR Certified by ARRT or the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) in Nuclear Medicine, OR Radiography, or Nuclear Medicine student currently enrolled at GateWay, or registry eligible graduate.
2. Background Check Requirements: Admission to an Allied Health program requires that students be in compliance with the Maricopa County Community College District Background Check standards. Upon conditional program enrollment, the student must comply with all requirements of the MCCCD background check policy.
3. Clinical Health and Safety requirements must be met. Upon conditional program enrollment, the student must comply with all requirements of the MCCCD clinical health and safety policy.
4. Inability to comply with Background Check requirements and/or Clinical Health and Safety requirements at the start of classes may result in cancellation of enrollment.

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include CPD150, CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
DMI/ICE223 or
Introduction to Computed Tomography or Fundamentals of Computed Tomography Critical course Gateway course 1–2
Sectional Anatomy or Sectional Anatomy for Nuclear Medicine 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
ICE248 Computed Tomography (CT) Multi-Planar Sectional Anatomy 2
ICE254 Advanced Imaging Practicum 1
ICE263 Computed Tomography Physics and Instrumentation 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
ICE265 Computed Tomography Procedure Protocols 3
ICE267 Computed Tomography Advanced Imaging Practicum 2
ICE273 Computed Tomography Pathology 3
ICE291 Computed Tomography Registry and Board Exam Preparation 1

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s program website for the Certificate of Completion in Computed Tomography (

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.